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Marine Microbiology Initiative

Research Associate and Postdoctoral Scholar Summit

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation currently supports over 150 marine science graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and research associates, a pool of talent who will become the next generation of experts and leaders in marine microbial ecology and related fields. In the spirit of inculcating a culture of sharing scientific knowledge, building collaborations, and fostering networking among GBMF-supported postdoctoral fellows and research associates, the Marine Microbiology Initiative (MMI) convened—for the first time—a subset of these early-career researchers for a summit in Dorado, Puerto Rico in February, 2014.

The themes of the summit included the state of today’s leading-edge marine science concepts, how to move one’s research from a multi-disciplinary to an inter-disciplinary approach, and the opportunities afforded by the newest methods, instruments and technologies. Participants germinated their own “Living Posters” over the course of the summit for which they sketched out their research approaches, findings and questions and others added ideas, data, and proposed experiments—in the spirit of collaboration and thinking across disciplines. Participants also held a more traditional poster session titled “Tools and Technologies Bazaar” for which participants presented posters that focused on the “tricks of the trade” with new methods, techniques, and technologies (lab, field, bioinformatics, modeling, etc.). There was also an exciting excursion to the world-famous, dinoflagellate-driven bioluminescent bay of Laguna Grande in Fajardo.

Please contact Fransheska Rivera Vega or Jon Kaye with any questions.

Summit Documents  (PDF downloads)

Poster Session


Participant List

MMI Long-term Goals Poster


Interdisciplinary Science Workshop – Michael O’Rourke

Opportunities and Obstacles 

Mapping the Space of Collaboration 

Toolbox Instrument 


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